Semester education abroad programs

A semester abroad is a great way to immerse yourself in another culture and, depending on the program, practice your language skills. It is not necessary to speak a foreign language to spend a semester abroad! All of our programs offer courses taught in English.

Columbia College Semester programs

Columbia College maintains exchange partnerships with five international institutions. Columbia College students pay day tuition for these programs and institutional aid for tuition may apply.

Rated as the UK’s best modern university, Robert Gordon University (RGU) is located in Aberdeen, Scotland giving students the chance to experience Scottish life and culture while gaining valuable academic credit. The Aberdeen Business School at RGU is one of the leading providers of management and professional business education in the UK. It is recognized both nationally and internationally for responding to the needs of both students and employers. Course subjects cover the areas of management, accounting, law, media, communications and information management. Columbia College students pay normal Day tuition fees to Columbia College for this program. Columbia College Institutional aid may be applied towards tuition on this program.

Deadline for nominations for spring: October 1

View a student's experience at RGU

Fall semester: September - December
Spring semester: March - June

You'll attend the Korean Language Institute at Kongju National University and take intensive Korean language courses.

Tuition will be through Columbia College. Room, board and meal plan expenses will be paid to Kongju National University. Off-campus housing is also available. Scholarships and federal aid will be available from Columbia College.

Contact the Director of Education Abroad for more information about the program.

Experience Japanese culture at USP, which is located in the environmentally conscious community of Hikone in Shiga Prefecture. USP is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake,. The educational emphasis of the 2,600 student campus is on environment and human life. English language courses are available in environmental science, history and philosophy as well as Japanese culture and religion. Students can also study Japanese language at all levels.

Since fall semester in Japan overlaps with our spring semester, it is suggested that students study in Japan during their spring semester (April – June). Students may also study in a three-week intensive language and culture summer term. Although courses are offered in English, we suggest taking a course in elementary Japanese before going to Japan, if possible.

Deadline for spring semester application: November 15
Deadline for summer application: January 15

Summer at the University of Shiga Prefecture

This is a three-week program (May 26 - June 17, 2021). You will be able to earn three credits in beginning Japanese language.

Submit all application materials by January 15, 2021.

View a student's experience at in Shiga

You will live in a university residence or with a family on a home-stay basis. You'll be able to take a full course load. The university provides courses specifically designed for North American students, and other courses are available.

More information about study abroad in England at Canterbury Christ Church University

Konkuk University is located in Seoul, Korea.

Learn more about the program at Konkuk

Partner opportunities

Additional semester study opportunities are available through Columbia College partners and other providers.  

Central College offers semester and summer programs in Austria, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Webster University has four European campuses (Geneva, London, Leiden, Vienna) and a campus in Thailand. They also have exchange partners in China, Mexico and Japan. As a member of the Webster WINS network, Columbia College students receive up to 30% tuition discount on Webster programs and can apply for a WINS travel award of $1000 to cover airfare to their destination.


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Columbia College students can experience the world through study abroad. First, you need to apply to the college! Apply today for free.

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